I use old time toe clips with regular shoes.Thanks for all the advice folks, it has put me at greater ease. I decided to just ride on these wheels while keeping an eye out for a good deal on an upgrade down the road. It handled well today over 15 mile ride through the worst hills I could find to rebuild leg strength. I did better than expected, but it is supposed to be over 100 degrees much of next week and I will gladly pay any gas price to not ride in that kind of heat.
You are so right telemnemonics about what people say that you must do or not do with bikes. I had one rider come up on me today and lecture me about still using flat pedals. He ranted for several minutes about how much easier and faster the ride would be if I used clipless pedals, but I never agreed with that.
There has never been an engineering study to support the claim that being clipped to the pedal increases downward force nor revolutions. What it does do is make sure that your foot placement is always the same and that you don't slip off the pedal. I can see that value in racing, but really not much else. I use crankbrothers 5050 flat pedals with threaded barbs to keep my shoe from slipping off. They spin smoothly and I have never slipped off the pedal once while wearing a stiff soled trail running shoe. I see no reason to change.
Platform pedals have gotten better too if you like them but I just love certain vintage classics and have old Campy Super Record pedals on one bike.
You do get some pull up power with toe clips (and clipless/cleats) but I use them out of habit.
Also I cant stand shoes with clipless cleat clips on the bottom.
One advantage is you can hop curbs or obstacles like sewer grates if your feet can lift the bike.
If we arent racers it should be fun.